Since leaving the Royal Academy Schools Jane Walker has explored many different aspects of painting. Recently Walker has been concentrating on line only to build up her current images of cities. The character of the lines is different in separate groups of her work. The backgrounds are made up of dense layers of glazes in contrasting colours. The cities tend to be under pressure with the smallest buildings at the bottom. Tension in the lines reflects tension in the urban environment. The energy in the lines varies greatly from one painting to the next. The paintings are made as figurative paintings. The artist has recently discovered that her work can be read as music which is an abstract reading of the same paintings.
There will be an Artist Talk at 7pm when visitors will be invited to listen to Walker talk about her work, practices and style.
There will also be improvised interpretations of the artist's work throughout the evening. Antonio Ciavarella will interpret Walker’s paintings, playing piano and integrating electronics into his performance. Ciavarella was born in 1984 in Italy, and studied Classical and Jazz Piano at the Conservatoire of Bologna and Bari. There will also be improvised interpretations from Phileas Flute, and from D’juil, a collaboration between cellist and bassist, David Dhonau, and composer, percussionist, producer, Julian Broadhurst. Their key engagement is 'Cello centred Contemporary Music' - from the innately Classical to the far Avant Garde through shades of electronics and instrumental practice. Sometimes gorgeous, sometimes rigorous - D’juil are a 'new experimental voice in Contemporary Cello'.
Discovering the Paintings of Jane Walker will open in the Project Space in conjunction with Draw the Line in the Main Gallery. As always, there will be a donations bar, with ales provided by local brewery, Springhead.
For more information about the exhibition and accompanying activities please visit: www.jane-walker.co.uk and www.surfacegallery.org
Opening night: 18:00-21:00 Friday 7th April